Monday, June 3, 2013

Shipwrecked from See The Light (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

We received Shipwrecked from See The Light for review purposes.

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Product link: Shipwrecked

Vendor Contact Information: See the Light

Age Appeal: 6 and up

Format: DVD with 260 minutes of content (You will need a black light, florescent crayons and pencils and pastels.)

Price: $14.99

You can see the list of art supplies at the website for the DVD Shipwrecked.

The Shipwrecked DVD is based on Apostle Paul and the stormy journey to Rome, when he was a prisoner.  The story is viewed through the eyes of Giovanni, a child.  The art lessons are taught by three of the See the Light instructors.

  • Heidi Shorts teaches how to write the word courage to look like weathered wood.
  • Pat Knepley teaches the children how to draw the ship with Paul pointing to a cross.
  • Jim Pence uses mixed media to show the children how to draw a light house.

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Our Experience:

I knew when we were selected to review Shipwrecked that I was going to have Dad work on the lessons with B and C.  Dad has worked on a lot of art projects and is much more artistic than I am.  The children and I watched the story about Apostle Paul together.  On the weekends when Dad had free time we would watch one of the art lessons while we were eating a meal, then Dad and the would work on the lesson while I watched them have fun together.  Each weekend we would work on one of the three lessons.

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I Liked:
  • I liked the thoroughness of each lesson by the instructors.
  • I liked that even if you aren’t very artistic the pictures turn out really well.
  • How much fun B, C, and Dad had working on the lessons together. 

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I Disliked:

  • Nothing.

What B (boy, age nine, officially in third grade) Liked and Disliked:

  • I liked the painting and drawing.
  • Getting to use the black light was really cool.
  • It is good for everybody.

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What C (girl, age seven, officially in first grade) Liked and Disliked: 

  • I liked the art lesson, “Who Will Save Us?”  I got to work with with pastels.
  • I liked making the word, courage, with the florescent pencils and seeing it with the black light.
  • I didn’t like that the art lessons took so long.
  • The art lessons would be good for people of all ages. 

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Dad’s Call:

I like See the Light art projects. At first they appear to be complex (for an elementary level art) but the instructors break the artwork down into easy to handle tasks. We found that watching the video first then starting the project makes the task at hand so much easier and more enjoyable. B & C are able to handle each segment as it comes along. The instructors teach each segment at an even pace and there's time to pause the  DVD so the kids can finish each of their parts of their paintings before moving on. I never felt rushed or hurried by the instructors and that makes a huge difference with the kids. They are able to enjoy what they are doing and are able to complete it with very little difficulty.

I especially like that each project, when completed, has a reference to Christ and His teachings. It's art with a purpose.

I highly recommend See the Light Art Curriculum. They have everything you need on their website or you can use the provided materials list and purchase at your favorite art supply store. Either way you won't go wrong with this homeschool program.

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Mamma recommends Shipwrecked Story & Art Lessons by See The Light.


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